Monthly Archives April 2011

This week's newslinks are meant to serve as a reminder that situations that are troublesome or unclear in the U.S. can be even more confusing abroad. New Luggage Rule in EU Sows Confusion – Is it ok to travel with liquids on planes? Many Restaurant Workers Don’t Understand Food Allergies – Be sure you bring translation cards or a medical term…

Human rights groups say the Assad regime has killed more than 350 civilians since unrest began, and more than 100 over the last three days. Security forces using tanks have launched pre-emptive strikes against the most restive cities, among them Daraa, Nassib, Jablah and the Damascus suburb of Douma in what protest leaders call “a war to annihiliate the pro-democracy…

Earlier this week the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that 6,500 measles cases have been reported in Europe.  As noted in our earlier post, France is reporting much higher numbers than other countries, but Spain and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia are in a distant second and third. As with so many infectious diseases, there is a vaccine available…

At its founding in the U.S. in 1970 as the National Environmental Teach-In, Earth Day inspired an estimated 20 million participants, most of them students and teachers, to address local environmental issues. Springing from college campuses, environmental awareness marched steadily around the globe so that in 1990 the first International Earth Day was celebrated by 200 million people in 141…

The Philippine Department of Health reports that the incidence of dengue fever doubled in metro Manila during the first quarter of 2011. The Philippines have been a dengue fever hotspot for several years, but the latest statistics are alarming: 4,399 cases in 2011 versus 1,984 in 2010. This outbreak comes despite the distribution of over 700,000 mosquito trap kits in…

A recent report in the New York Times, based in part on research by Human Rights Watch, paints an alarming picture in Bahrain.  Security forces are invading hospitals and clinics or stopping ambulances to find wounded protesters and then taking their care-givers into custody. Presuming sympathy with the protests, the Bahraini government has announced that 30 doctors and nurses had…

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) in Europe is urging parents to get their children vaccinated against measles before the heavy spring travel period begins. As The Telegraph reported this week, this warning is in response to the surprisingly high number of reported measles cases among children in Europe.  The center of the outbreak seems to be in France where so…

New research published this week in the prestigious medical journal The Lancet has disclosed the presence of super bacterium NDM-1 in the drinking and ground water in Delhi, India. NDM-1 resists treatment by the most powerful antibiotics available and could spark a worldwide spread of untreatable infections. NDM-1 has already been carried from India to Europe by “medical tourists” who…

Deciding how to get to your vacation destination?  Here are some recent newslinks to help make your decision work for you: Planes Outsmart the Airlines to Get Precious Inches in Coach Trains How to Travel Safely by Train in Europe Automobiles Really? You Cannot Get Sunburned Through a Car Window?

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